A series of talks from specially invited speakers. Talented and persuasive presenters will be invited to address the audience for one hour on a diverse range of topics, which could include law, medicine, politics, conservation or the media.
Called on to be fresh, riveting and original, these speakers will ignite your curiosity and challenge your perspective on matters of substance, before responding to your comments and questions from the floor.
With a similar format to the groundbreaking TED Talks, this series is sure to spark some crisp debate.
Keep an eye on this page for updates on Think Talks throughout the year as we plan to add topics as new speakers become available. Each talk is held only once.
|Name||Duration||Price (inc. GST)||Next Running|
|Think Talk: Anatomy of The Mindful Brain||Gold Coin Entrance Fee|
|Think Talk: Auckland Medical Research Foundation Presents a Current Topic in Medical Research||1 hour||Gold Coin Entrance Fee||14 Nov|
|Think Talk: Communist China in a World of Democracies||1 hour||Gold Coin Entrance Fee||25 Jul|
|Think Talk: Ethical Clothing||1 hour||Gold Coin Entrance Fee||19 Sep|
|Think Talk: Obesity and Policy - What Works?||1 hour||Gold Coin Entrance Fee||20 Jun|
|Think Talk: Political Games: Questions, Answers and the Power Struggles Between Journalists and Politicians||1 hour||Gold Coin Entrance Fee||31 Oct|
|Think Talk: The Truth About Language||1 hour||Gold Coin Entrance Fee||22 Aug|
Previous Think Talks include:
Dr Robin Toomath, Clinical Director of General Medicine at Auckland Hospital, has a simple thesis. It goes like this: it is not their fault. Obese people did not choose to be that way. In her talk, she discussed her research and her book "Fat Science, Diets and exercise don't work - what does". This book is written for the people (and their spouses, children, parents and doctors) who try to lose weight but fail. Dr Toomath explained how overweight people are at the whim, first of their genes - especially those that control appetite - and then, of an environment that is saturated in energy-dense, crappy food options.
Nickola Overall, Associate Professor at University of Auckland talked to how close relationships can have a powerful impact on our psychological and physical health, the source of the greatest joy and happiness, but also, sadly, sometimes the source of our greatest pain. The talk outlined how people's relationship insecurities influence the way they perceive their partners and manage conflict. Importantly, Nickola also identified factors that overcome these dysfunctional patterns.
Keith Petrie, Professor of Health Psychology at Auckland University Medical School
Prof Paul Spoonley, Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University
Dr Rod Kramer, University of Auckland
Dr Alex Taylor, School of Psychology, Auckland University
Dr Damien Rogers, Massey University
Dr Julie Park, University of Auckland
Dr Jim Stinear, Centre for Brain Research
Alistair Woodward, School of Population Health University of Auckland
Robert Patman, HOD Politics University of Otago
Dr Vivienne Kent, University of Auckland
Jennifer Frost, University of Auckland, Department of History
Bill McKay, School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland, traced the fascinating development of state housing in New Zealand. Looking at the Liberal Government's first houses in 1906, NZ Railways' mass production of workers' houses in the 1920s, the Garden Suburb philosophy and the famous houses of the first Labour Government, his talk exploded a few myths about the state house programme.
Jian Guan from the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland has been investigating the effects of nutrition on brain development, premature aging and cognitive function, and the association of metabolic syndrome with brain degeneration. The seminar focused on how lifestyle can either positively or negatively affect your brain function during aging and what we can do to help the brain age gracefully. Read our blog about Jian Guan here.
The presentation explored how the experience of removal, dismissal, disconnection and deprivation contributes to and sustains the transfer of prison experience across generations. It identified different forms of institutional confinement mapping the effects of residential training schools and borstals in the 1970s and the implications of these on present prison populations. Delivered by Tracey McIntosh (Tuhoe), Associate Professor teaching into the sociology and criminology programme at the University of Auckland. Read our blog about Tracey McIntosh here.
Whether we like it not, the brain is always active, often taking us away from the present into imaginary worlds or the soap-operas of other people's lives. The spontaneous activity of the brain is to be welcomed and appreciated, because it is critical for creativity, our future plans and hopes, and the consolidation of our memories. Delivered by Michael Corballis from the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland, the talk explained how the neuroscience of mind wandering is revealing new aspects of how our minds work.
Taciano L Milfont
For most of us, seeing is effortless. We open our eyes and the world is instantly available to us. But the ease of the process belies its complexity and we are only just beginning to understand how the brain creates our visual sense of the world. In this lecture Will will talk about what it means to see and how the brain is more important than the eyes for accomplishing this feat. He will discuss a range of visual phenomena, like 3D TVs and visual illusions, and why you can’t safely talk on your phone while you’re driving.